Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic treatment that primarily focuses on the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. It shares much in common with psychoanalysis and is often considered a simpler, less time consuming alternative. Like psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy seeks to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. Psychodynamic therapy increases a client’s self-awareness and grows their understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. It allows clients to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past experiences and explore how they are manifesting themselves in current behaviors, such as the need and desire to abuse substances. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s psychodynamic therapy experts today.

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Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

Looking at what we see, what we think, what we feel, what is obvious, what is hidden, what is conscious, what is unconscious, what we are doing, what we did, what we want, what we don't want, talking freely and openly as comfort and trust allow in order to sort out what we are all about.

— Nancy Johnson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Wellesley Hills, MA

Using a psychodynamic approach helps clients make connections between past experiences, family history, and present behavior. Sometimes understanding our inner-workings can help us understand our deepest needs.

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in Portland, OR

I believe in treating the client as a whole, and considering how their past experiences may impact their present level of functioning and future goals. Insight and understanding of yourself can greatly impact the choices you make, as well as your view of the society in which we live. I hope for you to become the best, "you," that you want to become. Life can be a complicated journey, but surrounding yourself with positive peers and healthy ways of living can help ease the challenging times.

— Keith Elias -Shetland Counseling, LLC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Parsippany, NJ

What is not spoken is felt. Our body keeps the scores from all our traumas, big and small. When we learn not to feel safe seeking connection, expressing our pain and suffering, we suppress them and learn to cope in other ways to survive. Psychodynamic helps us explore and understand the feelings that affect our body and how we express ourselves in our relationships.

— Trish McKenna, Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN

I am trained in psychodynamic therapy, which looks at your past experiences, relational templates, and attachment to make sense of habits, patterns and general ways of being that served you once upon a time, but may not be serving you today.

— Niku (Nick) Shah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I was trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy during my internship at University of California San Francisco (school of medicine.)

— Maureen Fiorelli, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

I was trained in Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which is a method of treatment grounded in depth psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and the sacredness of the therapeutic relationship. Fundamentally, I believe what has been broken in relationship must be healed in relationship, and this primary belief impacts all other aspects of the therapeutic experience. Though I use other modalities as well, psychodynamic psychotherapy is the foundational pillar of my work as a therapist.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

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— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

Psychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that recognizes that much of what we do occurs for reasons that are outside of our awareness. Through the openness and intimacy of a therapeutic relationship, we get to know ourselves better. As this occurs we become more able to embrace the entirety of who we are and feel less encumbered by shame and avoidance. The more connected we are with ourselves, the more we are able to engage with the people and experiences in our lives.

— Mona Kumar, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

Psychodynamic theory is part of the foundation of my work with clients. I use the psychodyanamic lens to explore how childhood issues and trauma are affecting my clients sense of self and their relationships with others and the world around them.

— Margarita Prensa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

Similar to CBT, I have been trained at the graduate and post graduate levels on the uses and applications of psychodynamic therapy.

— Kevin Taylor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in forest hills, NY

I believe that life experiences and the meaning that we both consciously and unconsciously assign to them can be explored in therapy to help clients live a life that is intentional and grounded. This includes identification and exploration of attachment styles, childhood and adolescent experiences, dreams, fears, and hopes.

— Allison Jensen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But it is also true that we are largely ruled by our unconscious. Let's spend time understanding a bit of how you got to be who you are, with compassion and trust that you have done the best you could. And courage to know where your choices are going forward. Examining your past is not about blame or excuses, but about acceptance of what has been and creative awareness of personal growth going forward.

— christine loeb, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I have completed a two year advanced graduate fellowship in psychodynamic therapy from the Wright Institute in Los Angeles.

— Emily Rosen, Psychotherapist in Glendale, CA

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of therapy that promotes self-expression and insight through a variety of techniques.

— Jaqueline Oliveira Baroni, Addictions Counselor in University Place,, WA

My primary orientation is rooted psychodynamic therapy. I believe that past relationships, especially those with early attachment figures, shape current relationships; both with the self and with others.

— Eryn Healy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Insight can be a powerful conduit for gaining self-awareness of more unconscious, hidden parts of the self. Although behavior in and of itself can be an effective focus on therapy; it is not the only focus.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA